. . . and don’t for­get your golf clubs

Sunday Mail - - NEWS - NATHAN DAVIES

WANTED: en­thu­si­as­tic self­s­tarters to take over well­known South Aus­tralian road­houses. Must love red dirt, starry nights, whales and golf.

It’s not your nor­mal job ad­ver­tise­ment but, then again, the Border Vil­lage and Nullar­bor road­houses on the state’s Far West coast are not your nor­mal ser­vos.

The road­houses are be­ing of­fered for sale as part of a $30 mil­lion pack­age of Out­back travel stops that also in­cludes Erl­dunda Road­house in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory – a pop­u­lar stop for driv­ers head­ing to Uluru. While the three road­houses are be­ing sold to­gether, the ven­dor is open to of­fers on in­di­vid­ual sites.

Border Vil­lage Road­house, as the name sug­gests, sits on the SA-WA border and the 4ha site in­cludes a BP ser­vice sta­tion, 34 mo­tel rooms, five two-bed­room cab­ins, 24 car­a­van sites, a li­censed restau­rant and bar, con­ve­nience store and 10 gam­ing ma­chines.

It’s also home to Rooey II, a 5m-high fi­bre­glass kan­ga­roo, and hole No. 6 on the Nullar­bor Links which, at 1365km, is the world’s long­est golf course.

Nullar­bor Road­house is 200km back down the road to­wards Ade­laide, with sim­i­lar fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing 27 mo­tel rooms and 74 car­a­van sites, a replica 1950s garage and an airstrip for the tourists who flock to the area ev­ery win­ter to watch the hun­dreds of south­ern right whales that gather at the Head of Bight. It also has hole No. 5 on the Nullar­bor links. Erl­dunda’s at­trac­tions in­clude 30 emus, a camel called Car­lotta and a rooster named Cluck Nor­ris.

Re­sort­bro­kers sales man­ager Trudy Crooks said the Out­back was more pop­u­lar than ever, with the rise of the grey no­mad phe­nom­e­non and more peo­ple get­ting off the beaten track.

“These sites are per­fectly po­si­tioned, en­ter­ing the mar­ket at a time when tourism and vis­i­tor num­bers through­out Aus­tralia’s Out­back are surg­ing,” Ms Crooks said.

“The car­a­van and camp­ing mar­ket is thriv­ing with a van built ev­ery five min­utes dur­ing the work­ing week, mak­ing it the fastest-grow­ing ve­hi­cle cat­e­gory in Aus­tralia.”

Pic­ture: EMMA BRASIER/AAP

ON THE LOOKOUT: Fu Ni and Wang Wang sit­tin’ in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes love, then comes mar­riage, then comes a baby in a baby car­riage. Ade­laide Zoo’s fe­male gi­ant panda scaled this tree to send out a pheromone mes­sage from on high to her com­pan­ion, Wang Wang. It is a sign that the pan­das are ap­proach­ing breed­ing sea­son, a tiny 36-hour win­dow of op­por­tu­nity to make a panda cub.

OUT THERE: From top, Nullar­bor Road­house, Border Vil­lage Road­house and the Nullar­bor Golf Links.

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